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please stay safe and your crew. i'm sandra smith. we will watch you in the morning by the way. thanks for watching. america's news headquarters is up next with melissa francis and mike emmanuel. >> a monster on the loose in the sunshine state. >> irma barrels through florida, carving a path of destruction with a heavily populated tampa st. petersburg metropolitan area next on its hit list. good evening i'm mike emmanuel. >> i'm melissa francis. welcome back to fox news, continuing coverage of hurricane irma, the 400 mile wide storm now a category 2 is already responsible for at least 2 million power outages and damage that will take weeks to assess. >> and the storm is still on the move. tampa bracing for a direct hit from irma in a few hours. we will check in there in a moment as part of our live team coverage of this massive storm. >> but let's start with
meteorologist who has been tracking irma's every move for over a week now. adam? >> hey there, melissa, still watching this thing. there's still a huge portion of florida that still has the worst of this yet to come. there's your center of rotation. north of the fort meyers area, but the bands north of this running into the tampa, orlando area, jacksonville, gainesville, all big cities that are beginning to see some outer bands that are starting to pack a punch. here's our tornado threat. we have seen some tornadoes especially on the eastern side of the state. that's going to continue to be the case. it is always that front right quadrant. everything there high lighted in the red is a tornado watch throughout the afternoon hours now into the early overnight hours. we're tracking in each one of these individual areas, that's a tornado warned cell. those are going to continue to fire up, because the conditions are there. generally these aren't long-running tornadoes. that just shows you that the conditions are there. we start to get the spinning. these are some big thunderstorms moving through the area, bringing very strong winds which
we're going to continue to see and yes at times some pretty heavy rainfall. here's where the storm currently sits, category 2, expected to drop down to cat 1 in the next few hours but still a powerful storm. it will be passing through the tampa area after midnight, then continuing its track up the coast, running through portions of georgia, becoming a tropical storm. atlanta probably tomorrow late tomorrow seeing winds running up to 55, 60 miles-an-hour with gusts. this is a major system that still has a while to play itself out. here's another hour by hour forecast. taking you as we begin to run this to the north and pay attention to your time frame there. here we are at 1:00 a.m., still lifting the heavier rain, the outer bands run north, but it is once you get on the back side of this system, that the tide can really become an issue because suddenly the winds shift. and they start to run out of the west. it's going to grab all that water from the gulf of mexico, piling it up on to the florida coast and that's when you will start to see maybe our biggest concern, which is the storm surge. we are seeing it now in several
areas. we have the storm surge watch and warning across the entire state, 10 to 15 feet for folks in the naples area and fort meyers area. 5 to 10 feet for the tampa area. other big concerns will be the winds. the totals have been really big, 142 miles-an-hour wind recorded in the naples area. the winds starting to back down just a bit with this, but there's still going to be plenty of areas that see triple digit winds here in the next several hours. guys, as i was saying, the storm is still in southern florida, still everyone to the north has a very long night ahead of them. >> uh-huh. no doubt. >> yep. >> thank you so much for that. our steve herrigan has been battling wind, 142 miles-an-hour and rain all day in the hard hit city of naples, florida, on florida's west coast. >> and he joins us now live. steve, what can you tell us? what are conditions like there at this hour? >> right now some light rain falling and some gusts of wind, in the 20 miles-per-hour range.
right now naples is dark. the downtown main street behind me completely dark. 170,000 people in the county without electricity right now. and the entire state of florida, at least 2 million people without electricity. the damage assessment is going to have to wait until tomorrow. there were strong winds of above 130 miles-per-hour here, sustained for about a half hour in the city of 20,000 people. in our brief time out into the elements during the eye of the storm as it was passing overhead, we could see some significant damage, a number of big trees either snapped or pulled up from the ground. some damaged roofs as well. we did not see, though, widespread complete destruction of buildings. just small damage to homes and buildings. the other concern too is flooding. how bad is it going to be? on some streets we went down 2 or 3 feet already. that's been the real concern overnight. what could it be? we have heard predictions of a storm surge, anywhere from 10 to
15 feet. that could be very dangerous and that's why officials continue to tell people even though the worst of the wind is gone. there's still danger here. if you are one of those 20,000 people evacuated, it is not safe to return home yet. back to you. >> steve herrigan, thank you very much. that city of naples is so beautiful, so much of what makes it a city is the water all around those homes and you wonder what it is going to look like tomorrow. residents in tampa who didn't get out of irma's way are now bracing for the worst as the storm takes aim at the city. >> mike tobin live in tampa now with more on what going on. -- what's going on. what's the latest? >> the latest is we can see the wind and the rain is increasing with intensity, but it is pretty clear that the wind and rain has some more intensity to bring. if you talk about the saffir-simpson scale, you get into a cat 1 hurricane, when the barometer drops to 980 millibars. we have been watching the
barometer drop steadily. 984 millibars about to cat 1 hurricane status. a lot of rain and wind. you can see how it is coming down in sheets. as you look over the edges of the street, where it is draining, you have got all of the rainwater running off down the drains. it's filled up the drains themselves so they can't accept any more water. it runs down the street. i want to stress this is not the flooding that has the authorities out here losing sleep, the stuff we see piling up on the streets. what they are worried about is the storm surge that will follow. we watched the bay earlier today as the water rushed out of the bay to join the storm surge. it is predicted that it will come back with a vengeance and with great volume and come into this area. it's got nowhere to go once it fills up tampa bay and the adjoining bodies of water. so the only place it can go is into the low-lying areas and all of the tributaries. that's why they put the
evacuations into effect. that's why the curfew is into effect so people don't get out on the streets and get themselves in trouble. one thing the authorities are stressing now at this stage of the game, people should be hunkered down. not just for the rain event and the wind event, that is building with intensity at this moment, but following the wind and the rain, you're going to have that storm surge. you're going to have a lot of water coming ashore. mike? >> mike tobin live in tampa. >> you can't even tell that's mike because he's getting so pounded there from the rain. we have also been reporting from orlando all day. >> bill is joining us now live. you have been through a number of these hurricanes over the years. what's different about irma? >> wow, just about everything, mike. mike, melissa, good evening to both of you. tonight we are live in orlando. we're about 50 miles up the road due west from mike's location right there. he's feeling it right now. we are feeling it as well in orlando. no two hurricanes are ever the
same. they all have their own personality and character that is uniquely suitable to them. and you never truly know what these monster storms do once they start to interact with land. we woke up at day break and just think about the day that we've had so far today. you had adam housely in key largo getting pounded for 12, 14, 16 hours in that category 5 graded hotel, and then you had griff jenkin and steve herrigan near naples. this hurricane made a second landfall. a cat 4 in keys. a cat 3 in naples. and now it's been downgraded to a cat 2 and losing a little bit of strength throughout the evening. but still a massive storm. at day break today, counties were under -- [no audio]
>> we are having some problems with bill's signal there. i don't know if we can get him back. i guess that would be understandable in a storm like this as they are standing out in the rain and trying to cover it for us. we will get back to him as soon as we can. >> our live team coverage of hurricane irma continues in a moment in miami. plus we are reaching out to the mayor of tampa for a check on what's being done to keep residents who are still there safe. we are back in a moment. don't go away. oh, you brought butch. yeah! (butch growls at man) he's looking at me right now, isn't he? yup. (butch barks at man) butch is like an old soul that just hates my guts. (laughs) (vo) you can never have too many faithful companions. introducing the all-new crosstrek. love is out there. find it in a subaru crosstrek.
see how much you can save. choose by the gig or unlimited. xfinity mobile. a new kind of network designed to save you money. call, visit, or go to xfinitymobile.com. melissa: welcome back to our continuing coverage here on fox news channel of hurricane irma as it blasts through the state of florida right now. mike: president trump monitoring the situation and says the federal government is working with state and local officials throughout the duration of the storm. melissa: joining us by phone is the senator from the state of florida bill nelson. senator, thanks for joining us on what is obviously a really tough night for florida. how do you assess what has happened so far? >> well, it's been an unusual hurricane. two days ago we thought it was going to be on the east coast. and now we know it's on the west coast. and then it came in at about
naples and did -- right about fort meyers and now it apparently is headed on a direct path for tampa, and yet, i'm in orlando right now, and we are getting strong rain feeder bands that start way out in the atlantic and swirl around in that counterclockwise direction. melissa: yes, based on all of that, what do you think is going to be the greatest challenge for the state when the hurricane passes through, when all is said and done, what's going to be your biggest challenge? >> water damage as well as the wind damage. thank goodness it weakened when it hit the north coast cuba lingered there for 12 hours. it weakened so that when it hit the florida keys, it was not a cat 5 that we were so afraid of, and of course that's frightened everybody in florida.
and that's why you've seen so many people that had evacuated. they evacuated almost the whole keys, all of the emergency personnel went up to the northern key largo, but the winds spared us instead of a cat 5, i think it was about a 3 by the time it gets to tampa, it may be a weak 2 or even a 1. mike: how anxious are you about the keys and it seems to me that marco island took quite a hit as well as naples, are those some of the areas that you are particularly concerned about at this hour? >> well, interesting the whole state of florida has been covered up by this hurricane. we're going to see damage throughout the entire state. the greater the damage where the higher velocity of wind in the southern part, but i must say the people of florida have just responded like champs.
they've been so good to each other. they're being great in the shelters. the governments have been all working together, federal, state and local governments. and then the people of florida have really been responding. i give you an example. one of the hardest-it places in south -- hardest-hit places in south florida, a little very poor town, there's a university, a few miles from that town, it's a private catholic university, ave maria, they opened up their gymnasium so that they could offer to all of those poor residents shelter, and that kind of stuff is happening all over florida. >> senator, what about the impact to miami, brickell avenue? it looks like an ocean is literally going down brickell avenue at this point. concerns about the economic impact, sir?
>> yes indeed. biscayne bay is -- so when that substantial wind was coming in from the east, even though the center of the hurricane was over on either the keys or on the west coast of florida, nevertheless, that wind picks up that shallow water and it walls up into a storm surge, and that's what you're seeing now in downtown miami on brickell avenue. melissa: i mean, how do you balance those things going forward? because you look at the damage as a result, and the businesses, you know, that will either be shut down for a period of time that need repairs. on the other hand, you know, there's the work that is created by rebuilding. how do you think those things balance out in the aftermath? >> well, for example, i will tell you before the storm, the
city of miami beach, high tide sea water is flashing off of the curbs on the streets, so they have had to spend millions of dollars on expensive pumps to get the water off and build up their street level. that is a consequence that they are seeing sea level -- in south florida. so everything that happens in mother nature, there is -- you're going to have to balance it by trying to counter it. in the case of downtown, you've got a strong wind from the east that's coming from a hurricane, it comes across biscayne bay, it is going to put water on your street. >> senator nelson, thank you very much for joining us tonight. we're going to go back to bill hemmer. we hopefully have him from orlando now. how have things changed there in the past hour? it looks like you are getting
pummelled now. >> considerably, yeah, winds of the east, as the senator was describing, due east now, and that rain just comes in in bands and just hits you and hits you and then maybe it lightens up for a little bit but then it restarts again. our signal got knocked off the air a moment ago there, melissa. but i think it's a moment where we should take recognition of the dozens and dozens of colleagues who you don't see on the air who work for us on behalf of the fox news channel up and down florida. they work hard and they work long hours. and they're out here just as long as we are, even know they don't get the recognition -- even though they don't get the recognition they need, a big shoutout to all of them working this storm, day after day, hour after hour, and we will see what we get when the morning comes up. 3 million without power throughout the state. right here at this location, orlando, we do have power right now. we will see how long it lasts. but it is going to be a long night, and we'll see what we get together. by the way, we pay those people, by the way, but they are our
colleagues and our friends as well, melissa? melissa: absolutely. mike: they do heroic work in trying circumstances. bill, i'm wondering what your questions are in terms of some of the places that have gotten hit, the keys, the naples area, marco island, are you wondering how badly they were damaged? >> i think you nailed it, mike. that's why i was thinking about even just a few hours ago. how bad are the keys? adam housely was saying throughout his reporting during the day he saw no one on the streets. so it appears most people got out of the keys, which would be great news, but what the physical damage is, we will see about that. with regard to naples, i think you are exactly right, the second landfall, i think southeastern florida, it's still an open question. you know, how much water damage? how long does it take to get out of here? then we will see what these storms do overnight tonight. whether or not we get tornadic activity. then i think the other concern,
mike, really has to be in places like alabama and georgia. listen, you know georgia well. you've got those pine trees up in the atlanta area. you know, if they go down and they take the power lines with them, and then you've got another emergency there on behalf of the people in georgia and perhaps alabama and parts north, so, you know, it's not just going to be unfortunately an event here in florida tomorrow. it's going to extend throughout the entire southeast. so we'll watch those four things as we move throughout the night. melissa: i heard you say earlier the temperature had dropped considerably in the path i think you said about 90 minutes or so -- in the past, i think you said about 90 minutes or so. what does it feel like there? what has changed? >> we're standing out here in the rain here. it is chilly. it was not that way yesterday or this morning at day break. but, you know, mike tobin describing those millibars when
adam was telling you about what was happening in the atmosphere, i don't understand all that, i just know when things drop 15 degrees and it is chilly out here, things are changing in the atmosphere. this is a displacement of the atmosphere when the storm moves to the north. it was a stunning thing to think about how hot and humid it is in orlando on a typical day like yesterday and how considerably colder and chillier it is now when the storm moves through. i will guarantee you this, tomorrow when the storm passes, we will have blue skies and it will be hot and humid again in the state of florida tomorrow. melissa: it is amazing. it really struck me when you said that before because of course you would think that you would be boiling there in that raincoat basically, but as the temperature changes as the storm flows, it's interesting to see what happens and we hope that you all stay very safe out there. >> yeah, you bet, sure will. you know, rick leventhal was complaining about his gear wasn't good enough, so we're going to have to buck up for leventhal through the next storm
and get him some better outer gear, i would suggest. >> melissa: he's using it to leverage for more gear. i love it. thank you very much. miami is among the major florida stays dealing with some very significant damage already. mike: fox is there live. brian, what's the situation there in the business district of miami? >> hi mike and melissa. you are looking at brickell avenue in downtown miami. you can already see this is the storm surge that came in from the storm. we have got flooding for blocks down here. this is condominiums, really the high-rise buildings, homes, and businesses in brickell. this was a mandatory evacuation area and for good reason. it is easily flooded. luckily we didn't get the 6 foot or 10 foot storm surges like the west coast but we still see this type of flooding all throughout south florida, like miami beach. miami beach is also flooded. obviously that was a big concern for authorities heading into this storm. miami beach has similar flooding
from all the pictures that we have seen. now the miami beach officials are saying people won't be able to return home until tuesday at noon, and everybody will be checked with their state id. and i think that is a big point that we're seeing right now. there is a curfew in miami because we are seeing the dangers of the post storm. just over here to my right, which we cannot see anymore because it is too dark, the panorama building is the largest building in the -- the tallest building in miami under construction, 6 foot panels were flying down, and my crew and i had to kind of like go and take cover because we saw about half a dozen of them crash down and land. we're talking from upwards of 85 stories tall, and that is why it's so dangerous for people to be out here, and as this curfew is in place, it's really in place for two reasons. it is because of that. there's glass. there's now power lines -- there's downed power lines and downed trees, that's the type of damage we have seen thus far. but also there is the threat of
looting, and the reality is 600,000 plus people in miami-dade county left their homes, and they are trying to get back at some point, but they are not going to get back tonight. so all of those homes are essentially out there, right now, and so police generally they don't want you out there for your safety and they want to make sure the homes are safe as well because we had so many people who had to leave their homes because of the storm. quickly, guys, this is the jw marriott hotel on brickell avenue, luckily they do have power. imagine all of those people, how many of those people were supposed to be on flights to try to get out of here and weren't able to get out and probably rode the storm inside that hotel obviously and they are kind of assessing the damage like everyone is, at least from the outside, and look, in terms of the airports, guys, miami international airport says they have suffered some serious water damage, and they are looking at a very limited schedule beginning on tuesday. so the recovery beginning in terms of just the assessment
right now, but still too dangerous for people to go out there. we're still getting those gusts of wind, probably not a good idea to be out there at least until tomorrow, to start at least assessing and seeing what's going on. guys? melissa: brian, thank you very much for that. it's amazing when we see that video of the glass and the windows falling from those very tall buildings in miami. i mean, that is really scary. that is -- mike: very stunning and as someone who works on the fox business network at times, first concerns obviously human life, but then a secondary concern will be the economic impact in a a lot of these metropolitan areas. melissa: absolutely. there have been a lot of cases in hurricanes of past, where the wind has come in, and when the windows get blown out, you don't have protection from windows in those buildings. so hopefully people aren't living in a lot of those buildings yet, but the
tremendous water damage and the cleanup -- there you go, there's video that right there. the cleanup that's going to create, that's one of the huge dangers and problems afterwards. they also talked about the idea of the danger of electrocution. that as soon as the storm has passed, people go outside and try to get around. you step into water. you have no idea if there's a live power line nearby. and then of course there's a lot of concerns about potential looting later as well. so these are things to watch in the time afterwards. mike: the category 5 storm may be gone, but there's still plenty of danger out there in communities that the storm is still going through and communities it's left. melissa: absolutely. all right. next up, we have meteorologist adam klotz. he is tracking irma's every move. we will tell you where the storm is and where it is headed. he joins us next with a live update. mike: our team coverage of this incredible storm is back in a moment. i am totally blind. and non-24 can make me show up too early... or too late.
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mike: welcome back to fox news channel's continuing live coverage of hurricane irma as it rips a path of damage and destruction through florida. melissa: we have been watching some amazing images all day and evening since the storm first blew ashore in the florida keys overnight. it is still on the move at this hour. mike: let's check in with fox news meteorologist adam klotz. adam? >> taking a look at the system as it continues to slowly march its way up the coast. center of circulation is about 35 miles north of fort meyers. the initial leading band, the eyewall is where you will see pack the biggest punch with the very strong winds with that as that continues to lift. but everything north of that is beginning to see the bands drop very heavy rain, strong winds and we continue to see at least the possibility here of some tornado activity. tornado threats across the state as you are looking at this tornado warned area. these spots in the pink highlighted area, that's a tornado warned storm.
we have seen several in brevard county over the course of the day, those will continue as we head through the overnight hours. the conditions are just right, especially in the front right quadrant of these storms that's where you see the tornadoes spin up, they are not usually long lasting but they will continue to move in area. i have seen several in the orlando area as well. currently category 2 storm. passing over the next really large metro area, tampa, that's going to be happening around 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. still a category 1 storm, still very powerful winds as that continues to track to the north eventually becoming a tropical storm, running through atlanta, even atlanta could see winds 50, 60 miles-an-hour. this is going to be a powerful storm through florida as it runs into georgia as well. here's a look at the timing of this. you can see farther to the north bands of big rain continuing to batter areas like orlando, gainesville, jacksonville, farther to the north, runs you into early tomorrow morning so this will be a long-term event, and as it is on the move, pay
attention to the winds. it will be one of the most important things. wind gusts forecast here from account p.m. -- from 9:00 p.m. as you run through the overnight hours, 80 as far as miles-per-hour in tampa and orlando getting up to 50, 60 miles-per-hour wind gusts. it will weaken a bit as you head to the north, but still powerful. tomorrow evening we will talk about winds in georgia in the 50s for wind gusts. still a long ways away and still a lot of people yet to be affected. melissa: thank you for that update. search and rescue personnel at the ready. you can bet they will be busy over the next coming days. mike: a retired coast guard helicopter search and rescue aircraft commander is joining us now on the phone. john, good evening to you. what would you be doing right now if you were active duty preparing to go on search-and-rescue missions say in the morning? >> good evening. good to be with you. right now the initial planning look at areas where we're staged
and how we're going to get there in this particular case, a lot of the assets are probably outside of the state. so you're going to look at the when is the weather going to be good enough to get around or get through to get to the initial impact area down in for example southwest florida. so at this point, you'd be getting a little bit of rest and preparing for an early departure in the morning and transit through the weather to get down to the initial impact site and begin the assessment. shoreline assessments and then work in from there looking for any signs of distress. >> john, based on the behavior of the storm, on what you have seen so far, what would you imagine is the worst of the damage or the biggest hazard or threat right now when the storm passes and you go to try and assess and help people? what do you think you would find based on how the storm has behaved? >> well, probably the worst of it is going to be the keys.
you know, getting down there at first light is going to be very important. there were some people that remained in the keys, and so getting down there at very first light and trying to help anyone that stayed behind. that would be probably the triage of the situation, get down there as well as trying to get into the -- where it came ashore in the marco island naples area. that will be the first thing, get down to the triage area, the few people that stayed if they are in extreme trouble, get them to safe ground. >> what about the keys? we're not exactly sure how many people stayed behind. obviously a very remote area, would you expect that that would be a critical area of focus? >> i would, based on other hurricanes, for example, specifically in katrina, where she initially came ashore, the
initial shore was complete devastation, it was completely wiped clean, nothing but sand and foundation. unfortunately, i would guess you will have the same area in the cudjoe key area. getting assets to that area right now is probably i would assume the rescue coordination center's primary concern, starting there and then working basically up behind the trail of the hurricane. melissa: you know, we're looking at video right now. we were just looking at streets in miami that were flooded. the rain, you know, just continuing to fall. and we're now bracing for the storm surge piece of this, in your experience, how long do you think it takes for this water to recede? >> well, that's very very dependent on the storm, the winds, and the landscape in which the storm surge is interacting. so it could be -- it will be vastly different on the miami
beach area as opposed to the naples area. so, you know, i wouldn't really be in place to predict it, but after it pulls out, that's the key point, is making sure you find those that are in distress and get them to safety as soon as possible. mike: what about the geography? we look at the map of the state of florida, and hurricane irma is covering the entire state. do you imagine there will be rescue operations throughout a wide area of the state of florida? >> absolutely, i do. the coast guard usually is the first responders when it comes to a national response like this. and they will certainly get in place, but the florida national guard is going to be such a key component of this rescue operation. the governor activated the entire national guard bureau, which is unprecedented, and their assistance as far as the inland search and rescue goes is
going to be monumental and between the efforts between the florida national guard and the united states coast guard, i think they will have the assets to handle the situation. melissa: john, retired coast guard, thank you very much for joining us. we appreciate your time and your insight on this matter. and mike, as we look at all these pictures, and you just see all the rain and all the wind, and you wonder of course when it goes away and it passes through, what everything is going to look like. mike: exactly right. what the buildings will be left, where people will be trapped, what places people did not leave from. we are looking live at downtown miami, flooded city streets, where businesses are. no idea what the economic impact is. obviously first concern would be loss of life, but pretty devastating images coming from miami. melissa: you can see, i mean, if you just look at the level of water in that picture right there, that is a live picture as we mentioned, it's just flowing right through the streets. there's just a ton of water damage. and these things, you know, you
talk about the economic impact. it cuts both ways. there are those businesses that are out for days or forever and that is lost income and lost property. at the same time, there is the rebuilding effort and the folks that come in to do that. and so where there is destruction, you know, there's pain and there's opportunity, and obviously lives come first. mike: sure. melissa: without question, we always say that, but this is just another angle to it. mike: irma is just hours away from a direct hit on another major metropolitan area, tampa. with us on the phone is the tampa mayor. mr. mayor, thank you for a few minutes of your time. what are your concerns as hurricane irma may be heading your way at this hour? >> you know, it's as if we were staring into the abyss. five hours ago we were thinking we were going to be a recipient of a cat 4 storm, with winds above 100 miles-an-hour and significant surge. it appears as though that's changed a little bit, although, you know, i'm in full cat 4
mode, as is everybody on this team. you know, we're deployed. we're ready. our assets are prepositioned. we're just waiting for daylight to come to start the rebuilding process. but as you have talked about, we can replace palm trees, people can replace roofs, but we can't replace your life, and so that's why we've been so aggressive about evacuating and evacuating early. we have a curfew in place right now because we want to make sure that we can get in there at the crack of dawn, when as soon as it gets safe and starts clearing those streets and getting the debris out and making sure there are no live wires out there. those areas that have experienced some flooding, we need to make sure that people are not out there in that. and most importantly we want to protect people's houses, which is why we put the curfew in place, to keep the bad guys out and make sure the good guys get back in time and in a timely fashion. melissa: yeah, mayor, what
message would you send out? you know, my whole entire family is in the tampa area, my husband's family. they are all hunkered down and they have been hunkered down for a while. and i know as soon as the storm goes by, they are going to be itching to get out and get back to life. -- normal life. but what would you tell them about the danger out there? what are you telling residents? >> well, we want them to get back out as soon as possible as well, but, and there's a big but, let us do our jobs. let us get out there and clean the debris off the streets. particularly important is we need to make sure that there are no downed wires. we have all heard of electrocutions from folks who are wandering out there. let the power company do its job. we're going to do it as fast as we possibly can. we want you back in your houses. we want you rebuilding, if necessary. we want you drying out for sure. we want the businesses open and families being able to go back to school. but let us do our jobs. i mean, this is where you need
us to be at our best, but you need to give us a chance and stay out of the way. we will let you know when it is safe to come back. mike: mayor from the city of tampa, we thank you for your time. we wish you and your constituents the very best in the hours and days ahead, sir. >> thank you. when we come back, we will go live to daytona beach. plus we will check back in on miami. stay with us. our live coverage coming right back.
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we just saw a fire truck roll by, and we're told by the county emergency operations center that they will not respond to 911 calls probably within the next 30 minutes to an hour unless they are life threatening calls. they have a modified response plan. when the winds get above 45 miles-per-hour sustained, and think they they are getting to that territory now. we're told to expect tropical storm force winds all night long and potential gusts to 75 miles-per-hour overnight into tomorrow morning. they are saying that the worst of this storm here in the county will be between 11:00 p.m. tonight and 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. i can tell you, mike, having been here for a few days now, we haven't seen anything like this. this is i guess our first taste of this hurricane. melissa: how much has it changed there in the past hour, rick? i don't know if you can hear me. how much has changed in the past hour or so? >> yeah, well, it's just been --
it's been accelerating and getting worst throughout the day, and they warned us that this was going to happen. you know, initially, last thursday, in fact, they were forecasting that daytona beach and the county might be get hit pretty hard by this storm. they thought it was going to turn up to the right and skirt up the east coast, not the west coast as we lose some more lights out here, some transformers have been blowing in this area. yeah. there's trucks here. you know, the power crews have been staged here in daytona beach to make repairs to the grid and repair lines when they go down, and they have been repairing some lines we're told already, but at some point they can't go out anymore and will have to wait till things calm down a bit. in any event, this county was expecting more powerful winds than they wound up getting and they told us tonight they dodged a bullet, they feel pretty good about that, but they also know that things could be bad and could be dangerous because the
ground is saturated, trees are more likely to fall, power lines are more likely to come down and that means big problems for residents. the lights behind us have gotten a lot darker. we definitely lost a lot of businesses -- power to a lot of businesses and potentially a lot of homes in this neighborhood because of these high winds. melissa: yeah, absolutely. rick, stay safe. thank you very much for that. mike: collapsed cranes, major storm surges and wind and rain damage. melissa: it's just some of what residents and rescue personnel in miami are dealing with. we will check back there live next. mike: our coverage continues in just a moment. stay with us. (dramatic music)
we are back now with live team coverage of hurricane irma on the fox news channel. mike: let's check in with our joel waldman who is in hurricane battered downtown miami. joel? >> mike and melissa, good evening to you. believe it or not, this is actually a marked improvement from about two hours ago or so where the water was an additional 2 feet. if you want to know where we are, we are on brickell avenue, one of the hottest spots in downtown miami. typically littered with people. there are restaurants. there's clubs, nightclubs, but
this is the main drag. it is a big one. two lanes here. got an island in the middle and then two more lanes, completely flooded out. this all as a result of what people were worried about, and that is storm surge. biscayne bay is just that way, about two blocks. the water last night when we were out was overflowing the banks a bit. the wind was whipping around and this is the end result. what's interesting now, the current all day long has been going north to south. going this way. but now the water is moving south to north. and our producer was checking out radar and it appears we are going to get smacked again at about 10:30 tonight. these are the last bands of hurricane irma, the southern part of the storm that are going to hit us once again, and you can rest assured that this street will rise. the waters will rise. now, there's a little bit of housekeeping to take care of. miami-dade county has issued a curfew. it began at 7:00 p.m. tonight. it goes through 7:30 tomorrow
morning. the county superintendent has come out, via twitter and a news conference, and said that schools are now closed for the foreseeable future. they had initially said schools were closed friday and monday. it's now extending because roads are impassable, and there's just too much damage, and the last thing, miami international airport, they have announced all flights in the airport is closed tomorrow, limited flights back up on tuesday. mike and melissa? melissa: wow, joel waldman thank you. next we will hear from the mayor of ft. lauderdale. plus live team coverage from across the state of florida. mike: our live team coverage of the big storm continues in a moment, right here on the fox news channel. don't go away. ♪
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>> it's 10 p.m. across much of florida right now, hurricane irma continues her assault on sunshine state. >> the keys, miami, naples, so membership cities dealing with irma's wrath, a direct hit on tampa satellit st. pete area stn tap. >> we have live team coverage of this historic storm throughout the night. >> but first we have a live update with our meteorologist adam scott, give us latest on where the storm is at that hour and the impact. >> we're watching this speed up a little bit, as we look at